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Staff Nurse - Older Adults

Job Reference: 380-OMPH-DEC-2019

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Mental Health Nursing
Various Locations
£24,214 - £30,112 pa

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Innovation is one of our core values and that is demonstrated in some of our award-winning teams.

Indulge your research interests with our enthusiastic team, who are involved in a whole host of national and home-grown studies with the potential to shape future healthcare.

There are exciting times ahead in 2020 when the Kent and Medway Medical School is set to open, collaboration between Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Kent with KMPT one of the NHS partners, inspiring the next generation of medical professionals.

We are also at the forefront of partnership working, an integral part of the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, looking at the way forward for sustainable health and social care.

Across our communities and within inpatient settings, our workforce is enhanced and strengthened by peer support workers, a brigade of PAT dogs and our wonderful team of volunteers.

KMPT is creating an environment for equal opportunities for all, where we can ALL be ourselves.

We take pride in our services – which are underpinned by our values:

  • Respect
  • Openness
  • Accountability
  • Working together
  • Innovation
  • Excellence

The Role

Older Adult Care Group

Getting older is a fact of life and one that comes with many natural challenges, including changes in our mental health. This might include new experiences of depression and anxiety, brought on by chronic conditions, loneliness, grief or loss. It might also mean struggles with long standing mental health conditions.

The staff working in KMPT’s Older Adult Care Group offers the utmost care, kindness and compassion to those who are living with a mental health condition and provide dedicated support to patients and their families throughout their treatment, supporting them to an enjoyable and fulfilling life.

Healthcare assistants, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychologists and nurses work alongside one another in multi-disciplinary teams on our inpatient wards (in Dartford, Gillingham, Maidstone, Canterbury and Margate). We work with them with warmth and compassion, enabling them to live fulfilling lives after discharge. There are so many opportunities when working in inpatient services to make a real difference.

We also work across the county in Community Mental Health Services to develop bespoke care plans for patients, enabling people to continue to live well, be they in hospital or at home.

Identifying and assisting with signposting and accessing the right help at the right time is a crucial part of the role. That includes practical help, counselling and friendship groups.

Participating in new and different meaningful activities that encourage mental activity is central to the care packages. Actively listening and understanding the patient, who they are as a person and what they want is fundamental.

The team is ably supported by KMPT’s Dementia Envoys, who actively increase public awareness of dementia. They are living well with dementia and contribute to the development of KMPT services by being a source of knowledge, advice and consultation.

Our Dementia Allies are people living with dementia who support people receiving a new diagnosis. After a diagnosis of dementia, it may feel like your world has been turned upside down. Many people report feeling completely alone, not knowing who or where to turn to for support. The Allies know what it is like and can give support by sharing experiences of how they coped after diagnosis.

We also have wonderful dementia engagement and empowerment groups across Kent. They offer a different perspective; that this is the beginning of a different life. No one imagined, but the start of a new life rather than the end of life.

We are also engaged in exciting research trials in relation to dementia and neurodegeneration.

We see our work in this area as a privilege. The people we have the honour to come into contact every day have incredible stories to tell about rich and fascinating lives and experiences. We are giving them to confidence and belief that life continues to be worth living. You will get as much as you give.

We are looking for dedicated Staff Nurses to join us and be part of our forward thinking, progressive team that invests in staff through continuous development and career progression.

You might be a newly qualified RMN/RNLD nurse, a RMN looking to return to work or an experienced nurse looking for a new challenge. In addition, we are always happy to talk to you about your flexible working needs.

Interviews will be held on Saturday 08 February 2020.

If you are unable to attend interview on the above date please contact the recruitment to arrange alternative date.

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KMPT Staff Benefits:

NHS pension scheme Your employer pays 14.3% towards your pension and life assurance benefits.

Annual leave for Agenda for Change
On appointment to NHS 27 days for full time or pro rata if part time
After 5 years NHS service 29 days full time or pro rata if part time
After 10 years NHS service 33 days full time or pro rata if part time
Plus bank holidays that’s up to 41 days - more than 8 weeks paid time off!

Medical staff have national Terms and Conditions.

Recommend a friend campaign. Existing KMPT employees could refer a friend from outside of the Trust to the roles below and can receive £1000 if they are successfully recruited; Nursing staff - RMN RGN RNLD - Band 5 and 6, Medical Doctors, Clinical Psychologist and Allied Health Professionals

Flexible working. Job share, term time working, flexible shifts etc. Just ask and we will try to help.

New starter bonus. We value our nurses and the skills they bring therefore we offer New Hire Bonus of £1200 pro rata for band 5 and 6 nursing staff.

Induction. KMPT provides comprehensive Induction programme to support new employees. This ranges from 2 days to 4 weeks dependent on role (not always consecutive days). You may need to travel across site includes Canterbury, Maidstone and Dartford.

Probation Period. New employees external to KMPT are subject to a six month probationary period.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check. Certain roles are subject to criminal record check. You may be required submission of completed Disclosure form to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

In cases where we receive high volume of applications for a post, we reserve the right to bring the closing date forward.

Your application will be imported from the NHS Jobs website into the recruitment system which we use for managing our recruitment. You will not be able to track the progress of your application through the NHS Jobs website. You will not receive messages or notifications about your job application from NHS Jobs.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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